BluSeed Studios is pleased to announce they have been awarded funding from the Cloudsplitter Foundation for their project, “Lighting the Way: improving quality, security and energy efficiency at BluSeed Studios.” The $5,800 award will fund new energy efficient LED gallery lighting, motion sensors for the gallery lights, installing security cameras, adding photo sensor outdoor lighting, and replacing the damaged sign. The improvements are expected to be complete by the end of September. “Receiving this award from Cloudsplitter is more meaningful than simply the amount awarded.” stated BluSeed Studios’ Founder and Artistic Director, Carol Marie Vossler, “It instills confidence that what we’re doing is benefitting the community and validates our hard work and commitment to art and artists, especially those who otherwise would not be able to exhibit contemporary work.”

BluSeed Studios operates on a 24/7 open-door policy, allowing access to the studios whenever it is convenient for the artist. These new improvements will ensure the safety and security of our employees and Artists in Residence; artwork displayed in the gallery; and the materials, equipment, and work in process in the studios. In addition, Vossler says, “Gallery lighting is one of the most important aspects of an exhibition and with this new lighting, we will be able to showcase the artwork at a higher level, better meeting the artists’ intentions and vision of their work.”

Bluseed Studios’ mission is “to provide a space where artists have the opportunity to experiment, diverge, exhibit, and perform; to move ideas and aesthetics forward; and to share this diversity with the community. “ Bluseed, located at 24 Cedar Street in Saranac Lake, was established in 2001 in a renovated 7,000 ft2 railroad warehouse built in the 1930s. Incorporated in March 2001, Bluseed opened its doors in May 2003. A volunteer Board of Directors was established in 2006, and 501(c)3 nonprofit status was granted in 2007, retroactive to 2001. Bluseed offers a ceramic studio; 2 printmaking studios which support various types of printing including nontoxic intaglio, relief and silkscreen printing; letterpress and book arts; frame and matting studio; seasonal papermaking studio and a drawing studio/classroom. A 2,000 ft2 gallery also serves as a performance space for local, national and international artists and musicians. The gallery/performance space is also used for a variety of community activities and is available for private rentals for parties, meetings, performances, etc. In addition, BluSeed includes office space, living space for artists-in-residence and a full kitchen.

BluSeed programming supports our artistic and cultural vision to provide the community a broader understanding and exposure to the arts. Programming and events include art exhibitions by local, regional, national and international artists; adult and children’s workshops, classes, and private instruction in a wide range of creative media; Live at BluStage concert series featuring professional musicians including classical music, blues performers and folk artists; “Open-Minded Mic” series for emerging poets, musicians and performing artists to hone their skills in front of an audience in a professional, supportive, coffee-house atmosphere; artist exchange and artist in residence programs that provide opportunities for local artists to interact with artists from other parts of the country and world.

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